Phytonutrients sounds like a pretty complicated word, but really, it refers to a very simple group of nutrients (the substances that provide nourishment). Phytonutrients are specifically plant compounds, that is, the nutrients found in plants. You may have heard of them in other ways: antioxidants, flavonoids, flavones, phytochemicals, catechins, isoflavones, carotenoids, and polyphenols, to name a few. All of these terms reference phytonutrients: the nutrients that are available to humans from plants.
As more and more people move towards plant-based diets, and as more and more plants are studied in terms of how the human body uses them, research is showing just how vital phytonutrients are to humans. Some research estimates that there are up to 4,000 different phytonutrients. Here are some of the ones you might have heard of: beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, resveratrol, anthocyanins, and isoflavones. You’ve probably seen these in your supermarket’s supplements section. And while supplements can be useful, it’s almost always best to get your phytonutrients straight from the source, which means eating more fruits and vegetables.
The Fruits and Veggies Breakdown
Which fruits and veggies do you need to be eating to get these phytonutrients? Well the short answer is, any of them. But here are some of the common fruits and vegetables you can eat to get some of the phytonutrients we listed above:
That’s a lot of fruits and vegetables! The human body loves variety, too, so the more fruits and vegetables you consume, the greater the total number of phytonutrients you’ll get.
Bioavailability and Processing Fruits and Vegetables
The bio-what? Bioavailability refers to how well the human body can use the phytonutrients that are packed into fruits and vegetables. Some phytonutrients are more or less accessible to our bodies, based on a number of different factors. Most of these factors involve the processing of the fruits and vegetables, such as:
Freeze-Dried Fruits & Veggies
As the best means of enjoying your fruits and veggies, freeze-drying raises the bar considerably. Freeze-dried fruits and vegetables retain all of their vibrant phytonutrients, and because the water is removed, their flavor is highly concentrated. Freeze-dried produce is like candy, especially the fruits. This is because the naturally occurring sugars in the fruits are highly concentrated. Snacking on berries is always a tasty treat; snacking on free-dried berries is a flavor explosion.
Since freeze-dried produce can easily be powdered without damaging the produce or losing any of the valuable fiber in it (because you can grind down the whole fruit or vegetable, skin, flesh and all), powdered freeze-dried produce is a delicious way to get your prebiotics — naturally-occurring fiber and other compounds that aid in digestion. This is where Ruvi comes in.
Why Choose Ruvi?
Unlike any other powdered beverage on the market, Ruvi contains only fruits and vegetables, picked and freeze-dried at their peak. Freeze-drying the fruits and vegetables at their ripest means that you’ll get all of the phytonutrients available in the produce. And there is a lot of variety: 26 different fruits and vegetables to be exact.
Each Ruvi packet contains 4 full servings of fruits and vegetables. Ruvi Active, Ruvi Boost and Ruvi Focus all contain 2 ½ servings of fruits and 1 ½ servings of vegetables, and Clean contains 1 ½ servings of fruits and 2 ½ servings of vegetables. And that’s all these packets contain: fruits and vegetables, freeze-dried and pulverized to make an easy, refreshing drink, an addition to smoothie or yogurt, a cereal topper, or whatever you’d like! Get creative with your fruit & vegetable consumption and see how much more awesome you feel when you’re consuming more phytonutrients. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables simply feels better. Ruvi makes getting your daily fruits and veggies easy.